It's the last time for a Community Review before Christmas, and as a result there's only one thing left to cover for the year: 2016 itself.
This one can just be 2016 in gaming or 2016 in general, depending on how your lives have gone over the past year. It's been a good year for me personally, which makes me feel a little bad considering I've seen so many of my friends, personally and professionally, have such a rubbish time.
It's certainly been a good year for the unexpected, across the board. We've had a lot of prominent actors and musicians pass way in a short space of time, David Bowie and Alan Rickman being the one week that comes to mind. But the world also lost Muhammad Ali and Gene Wilder, while in the animation circles Daniel Gerson (co-writer of Monsters, Inc., Big Hero 6) also passed away.
And then you had the major global shocks: Brexit, and of course Donald Trump.
Video games, mind you, had a better time of it. If you liked shooting things in the face, you got plenty of entertainment: DOOM, Titanfall 2, Overwatch, Battlefield 1, SUPERHOT and Destiny all made strong contributions to the year, while even games that fell flat like Infinite Warfare made some improvements in certain places. Hell, even the games that failed miserably like Battleborn still had some merit to them. And that's not including the surprises on the horizon, like Paladins and the continued revival of Rainbow Six: Siege.
PC gamers had a top time too, with a huge range of quality indies (Pony Island, Stardew Valley, Battlerite), oldschool strategy (Total War: WARHAMMER, Civilization 6) and the ever-growing world of esports (League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2). Valve continued to roll out updates to Steam as the year progressed, with perhaps one of the biggest quality of life changes coming in the form of DualShock 4 support recently.
It was a good year for multi-platform titles and console exclusives too, though. Uncharted 4 didn't quite hit the mark completely for me, but was worth the wait nonetheless. Forza Horizon 3 was unexpectedly charming; Dark Souls 3 managed to crack enough smiles, although the chatter from Mark is that Bloodborne is still probably the best from the combined series.
Final Fantasy 15 finally arrived, and it was wonderful. There were no shortage of fans for The Witness when Jonathan Blow frustrated the daylights out of everyone at the start of the year, and Pokemon Sun and Moon impressed everyone like we thought it would.
But enough from me - what about yourselves? Tell us what 2016 was like for you.